Is a “salt water pool” right for you? Choosing a salt chlorinator is all about personal preference and your situation. Many people misunderstand what a salt chlorinator is and think it will make their pool water like ocean water. However, a salt chlorinator uses electrolysis to naturally create chlorine in your pool. In other words, it is not salty at all!
If your swimming pool is installed at a rental property and maintained by a professional, you may want to just stick with an in-line chlorinator. Salt chlorinators cost about $1000-$1800 upfront. Most pool maintenance companies will charge you the same rate for maintenance, regardless of the type of chlorinator installed on your pool.
However, if your pool is at your primary residence or second home, definitely consider adding a salt chlorinator to your swimming pool. One of the greatest advantages of a salt chlorinator is drastically lower maintenance costs. The average pool uses only a few bags of salt per year with an average cost of less than $10 a bag. It will certainly pay for itself within 2-3 years on pool chemicals alone. Equally, the salt chlorinator uses electrolysis to naturally create chlorine in your pool. This method of chlorination is easier on the skin, hair, nose and eyes – making for a more pleasurable pool experience. We recommend a salt chlorinator, or a “salt water pool”, to anyone installing a pool at their primary residence.